ACCOMMODATION

The epitome of graceful Mediterranean architecture, Belmond La Samanna offers 83 air-conditioned guestrooms, suites and villas, each with an extraordinary ocean view. Luxury accommodation includes traditional guestrooms, one- two- and three-bedroom suites, and three-bedroom villas, with living rooms, dining areas and private terraces or balconies that look out onto the beach.

TIME DIFFERENCE

St. Martin is four hours behind GMT and one hour ahead of EST (Eastern Standard Time).

LANGUAGE

French is the official language of St. Martin, and Dutch the official language of St. Maarten; however, English is widely spoken on both sides of the island.

PASSPORTS & VISAS

The regulations for entering the French Antilles are the same as those for entering France, with only a passport required.

Visitors entering from any of the following countries will require visas:
Australia, South Africa, Bolivia, Dominica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, St Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica, Honduras, Haiti, Trinidad, Turkey.

For non-EU citizens who wish to stay longer than three months, an extended visa is required. Visitors from the US and Canada wanting to stay for a period less than three months will not need a passport, although some form of identification is required. For this purpose, a passport is recommended. An onward ticket is necessary but not always requested on arrival.

CURRENCY

The currency of the French Antilles is the Euro; however, the US dollar is accepted in St. Martin. There is no limit to the amount of traveler’s checks and letters of credit you can import, although a declaration of foreign banknotes in excess of US$500 must be made.

In Dutch St. Maarten, the currency is the Netherlands Antilles Florin (NAF), which exchanges at a fluctuating rate.

CLIMATE

Temperatures in January and February average 70-81°F. Between July and October, temperatures are at their highest, averaging 76-88°F. Summer rains are likely in the Lesser Antilles, with regular daily showers as opposed to all-day or weeklong downpours.

LOCAL CUSTOMS

Shops are open from 9am to 6pm or 7pm. A two-hour lunch break is taken between midday and 3pm. Banking hours are 8:30am-3:30pm, Monday through Thursday, 4:30pm on Friday, with a one-and-a-half-hour lunch break on Friday. Credit cards and traveler’s checks are widely accepted. Credit card transactions are usually in US dollars.

Contact Information

Belmond La Samanna
PO Box 4077
97064 St Martin
CEDEX
French West Indies

Hotel: +590 590 87 64 00
Reservations: +1 800 854 2252
Fax: +590 590 87 87 86